31 January 2019
This year’s Children’s Mental Health Week will run from 4 to 10 February with the theme of “Healthy: Inside and Out” encouraging children and young people, and indeed adults, to look after their bodies and their minds.
Free resources for primary schools, secondary schools and youth groups can be accessed at www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk. As well as posters and certificates, these include assembly guides, slides and suggestions for group activities.
The site also offers a link to Mentally Healthy Schools, a project from Heads Together offering more than 600 free resources to help primary schools support pupils’ mental health.
This includes: advice on talking to children, and to parents and carers, about mental health, information on how school leaders can develop a whole-school approach to mental health and details of difficulties that might affect children with suggested strategies to help.
Children’s mental health charity Place2Be, which currently provides mental health support in 294 primary and secondary schools across England, Scotland and Wales, said of the Week: “It doesn’t have to be difficult. Our bodies and minds are connected, so simple things that we do to improve our physical wellbeing can help our mental wellbeing too.”
The charity launched the first ever Children’s Mental Health Week in 2015.
Supporting the latest event, the NAHT said: “Many teachers, school staff and school leaders see the same pupils and students struggling to focus in class each day because they haven’t had breakfast or a good night’s sleep, or perhaps they also know a child or young person with a diagnosed mental health condition who struggles to get outside.”
Spread the word
Place2Be has urged professionals to support and publicise the Week on social media, suggesting that they tweet messages such as:
Check out these FREE resources to help you get involved in #ChildrensMentalHealthWeek 2019 (4–10 February). Whether you’re a parent/carer, work with children or are passionate about #mentalhealth, @Place2Be needs your help to reach people across the country: www.ChildrensMentalHealthWeek.org.uk.